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Rangers predicted lineup vs Livingston: Gerrard brings in Kent and Helander in exciting team

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers play Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard and his Rangers team have a lot of making up to do with supporters this weekend.

Despite a strong start to the season, they eventually let themselves down in the biggest match against Celtic prior to the international break and lost 2-0.

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It's put them at something of a crossroads heading deeper into the season.

Gerrard must find his strongest eleven and commit to playing them on a regular basis so they improve as individuals and as a unit.

Too much tinkering against the Hoops, chiefly benching Alfredo Morelos, was a factor in that defeat.

The upcoming match against Livingston is the perfect opportunity to show everyone that they are still well up for the fight and have the resilience to get back to winning ways after disappointment.

Fans can expect about as strong as a starting eleven as possible then.

 

That starts with Allan McGregor in goals of course.

What his defensive line looks like ahead of him is more of a mystery.

Gerrard must find a good balance to his four man defence. On the flanks Rangers should carry an attacking threat that can help punish Livi. That was something lacking against Celtic.

James Tavernier is certain to feature on the right, but the Rangers boss should make a change on the left with Borna Barisic coming in for Jon Flanagan. Flanagan was singled out by his manager for praise after Celtic, but the Croatian international had a positive international break and is more dynamic going forward.

It's also now time to start giving Filip Helander the games to make an impact in the Rangers team. The summer signing has been used sparingly so far but needs minutes on the pitch. Connor Goldson appears to have the most faith of the manager, so he'd be expected to start again.

In midfield Ryan Jack is struggling to make the encounter after a knee problem that flared up on Scotland duty, so it could be the chance to give Andy King his first start after two substitute appearances. Steven Davis and Joe Aribo feel like his most likely partners in a central midfield three.

Ryan Kent of Rangers evades Dedryck Boyata of Celtic on his way to scoring during The Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in...

The biggest call of the day could well come at left wing, with all eyes on the teamsheet for a look at whether Ryan Kent plays. On Wednesday, Gerrard stressed that the blockbuster summer signing is not fully fit yet, but did confirm he is available for selection.

What better match to give him minutes than in the Scottish Premiership at home? He needs to get up to speed and he isn't going to get any fitter or sharper on the sidelines. It's time to give him a start and prepare him adequately for upcoming European matches.

With Sheyi Ojo on the right hand side, Rangers could have potent width available to support central striker Alfredo Morelos, who must take his place in the team from Jermain Defoe.

Your predicted lineup in full is:

 

Rangers XI vs Livingston (H)

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